Beautiful Curls with the KISS InstaWave

I love adding curls to my hair, so when I was chosen to test & review the KISS InstaWave I was super excited.

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My first impression was what a super cool & easy to use product BUT there is noooo way this will work… boy, was I wrong!

So… what is the KISS InstaWave?

The revolutionary KISS InstaWave is a fully automatic tangle-free curler that instantly creates beautiful, long-lasting curls with ease (No Need to be a Pro). The KISS InstaWave uses Ceramic Ionic Technology to help protect your hair while giving you tight curls and shiny hair. It features two heat setting (low and high) with the hottest setting reaching a maximum temperature of 420° F. It also has a 90 minute auto shut-off safety feature in case it’s left on by accident.

To use it is super easy as well… only 4 steps!

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Hold InstaWave up-right and place 1 to 2 inches of hair onto curler.

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Press button to instantly catch hair and rotate curl barrel. Hold button until hair is fully around barrel, then release.

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Allow barrel to heat hair for 3 to 10 seconds

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Pull InstaWave gently downward to release a beautiful curl.

Seems easy enough right? I have to say, it took me a few times to get the hang of having my hair catch on but eventually I got it. I think this is one of those products where practice makes perfect.

Here are my results with the KISS InstaWave:

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I absolutely loved the curls it created. Long, bouncy with volume & best of all… natural looking. It also cut the amount of time it takes to curl my hair in half. I can’t wait to recreate more looks with the InstaWave as well as different types of curls.

It really is such a cool product and only $59.99! To purchase the Kiss InstaWave, please visit their site: KISSinstawave.com.

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Holiday Gift Guide -Home Edition-

For my final Gift Guide of the Holiday season, let’s talk Home & Garden!

Becoming a home owner was one of my proudest moments & since then I have become a sucker for gifts that compliment the home like wine racks, wall decor & blankets. I don’t think you can go wrong with gifting the perfect item that matches the home owners personality.

Here are some of my favorite Home & Garden gifts:

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Family Collage Wall Frame – $79.96

What do all your favorite family memories have in common? Why, they would be perfectly at home in this frame, that’s what. Weathered white wood holds four backed photos and offers three open clothesline hangers to display smaller pics with depth and contrast.

Vintage 9 Bottle Wine Holder - $34.99

This decorative countertop accent that holds 9 wine bottles will be a welcomed addition. Made of solid metal construction, wine holder is easily transportable to any room.

Root Candles in Seduce – $17.98

This 6.5-ounce candle burns up to 65 hours and is combined with violet, jasmine and patchouli, Seduce is a perfectly tempting combination. The energizing scent of lemon zest combined with the warmth and sensuality of anise envelopes the room in a seductive atmosphere It has a sustainable wooden wick for a comforting crackle, colored with all-natural vegetable based dyes, eco friendly packaging. I personally have this candle & I recommend it to everyone! The scent is amazing and super soothing.

Faux Fur Throws – $29.99-$63.96

Getting in touch with your adventurous side doesn’t mean you have to rough it. Spoil yourself with a Faux Fur Throw, chosen from our menagerie of bold patterns and shades that rival the real thing in softness, warmth and luxury. Place one at the corner of your bed or drape it over the back of the sofa for a touch of elegance. Then it will be close by for cuddling up with indulgent comfort on cool evenings.

Dawn Redwood Bonsai Forest Kit – $50

Bring nature and tranquility to your life with this bonsai garden kit. These miniature trees were thought to be extinct until 1946 until when one was discovered growing in a rice field in central China. Appropriately named the “discovery tree,” the bonsai symbolizes the bountiful surprises found in nature. You can cultivate your own grove of miniature trees with this easy-to-use indoor kit. While the seeds will sprout within a few weeks, just as full-sized trees take decades to reach their full height, it takes time and patience for your sprouts to mature into a fully grown forest.

Pantone – Color of the Year

Pantone has announced their pick for Color of the Year -2015-

Marsala!

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“Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness. This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.” -Leatrice Eiseman

While this years color choice is not my favorite, it’s totally wearable & that makes it A-Ok in my book.

Here is some Beauty Inspiration in the new Pantone Color of the Year!

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Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Manic – $22

EXTRAORDINAIRE_11 SCARLET CONCERTO

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipcolour in Scarlet Concerto – $9.99

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Manic – $20

Clinique High Impact Lip Colour SPF 15 Plum Nude

Clinique High Impact Lip Colour SPF 15 in Plum Nude – $15

CLINIQUE Wear Everywhere Pinks GLOBAL

Clinique Wear Everywhere Neutrals – $36

RLF Lauren Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren Fragrances Lauren – $52

Beauty Holiday Gift Guide

‘Tis The Season For Gift Giving!

Every year when Christmas rolls around, we are all left scatterbrained on what to get our loved ones. Well if your special someone is anything like me, they will certainly appreciate a good ‘Beauty’ find. So many products come out throughout the year and it can be difficult to find one that you think she may really like. Check out the products that made my list and are sure to be a hit with your Beauty Maven.

 

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L’Oréal Paris Sparkling Soirée Nail Collection – $5.99 each

A modern, soirée-chic holiday collection inspired by fashion’s biggest runways.  By itself, a single sequin on a dress adds subtle glimmer, but collectively, they shimmer brightly as the season’s most elegant bead of choice.  Winter glamour comes to life as Colour Riche introduces Sparkling Soirée: four winter shades and four glitter top coats.  Go solo or pair together for up to 24 mesmerizing looks. I truly feel as a manicure can not only compliment but also complete an outfit so you can’t go wrong with any or all of these gorgeous shades. 

Urban Decay Black Magic 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil Set – $60

There’s no such thing as too much black. Perfect for the liner junkie on your list, this eight-shade set contains four double-ended pencils each with a black shade on one end and a richly colored shade on the other to create an array of looks with mystery and depth on the other end. The four hit black shades, Black Velvet, Black Market, Perversion, and Zero, are paired with Smoke (gray matte), Tornado (deep eggplant), LSD (navy shimmer) and Demolition (brown matte) for the ultimate edgy lineup.

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Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette – $29

Featuring six taupe-hued matte neutrals, it also includes five never-before-seen shades. Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™ incorporates a proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power, and blendability. They’re neutral enough for a range of skin tones—from cool to olive complexions to darker skin—and they’re perfect for creating a neutral matte eye or base eye looks with your favorite bolder shadows. It even has one shadow with a subtle, satin finish (Skimp), which is ideal for highlighting and adding dimension. I think every woman should have a go to neutral palette. You can create so many looks, day & night, with this one. A must for any beauty lover.

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L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara – $8.99

The “Butterfly Effect” is amplified as L’Oréal Paris revamps its cult mascara, intensifying lashes just in time for the holiday party season. Lashes are transformed with intensely extravagant volume by way of a new double-wing brush designed to stretch and intensely deploy each lash outward, from the inner corner to the outer corner of the eye. This mascara comes in Blackest Black, Black, and Waterproof Blackest Black.

Urban Decay Full Frontal Lipstick Stash – $39

OK – I saved my favorite for last. What’s better than a powerful lipstick for Christmas? A whole set of them! This holiday, give them some lip… stick. This mini vault is loaded with six deluxe samples of Revolution Lipstick in three best-selling shades and three never-before-seen ones. Ladyflower, Crush and Illicit are all new shades of pink, while Gash, Liar and F Bomb round out the set with deep and classic reds and nudes. And we didn’t forget the most important step – keep them all in place with the full-size, universal 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Ozone stashed inside. All of these shades are bold, pigmented and super creamy. The size is perfect for the woman on the go. 

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I hope this Holiday Gift Guide makes buying the perfect Beauty product for your loved one a little easier!

Stay tuned as next week I will be swatching a few of the products shown above and showing you a few different ways to use them.

Holiday Gifts from UncommonGoods

There’s 20 days until Christmas… but whose counting ;)

I know how difficult it can be to shop for your loved ones, especially those who seem to have it all. Therefore, I wanted to introduce you to one of my favorite online shops —  UncommonGoods. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Brooklyn, NY – UncommonGoods is a privately owned retailer that features unique design and handcrafted gifts in harmony with the environment and without harm to animals or people. Half of the products they carry are made by hand and most are created right here in the USA!

Here are some of my favorite items:

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Stocking Stuffers have always been my favorite type of presents; small enough to fit in the stocking but always a big hit! All of these are under $25.

Empanada Fork – A foodies magic tool! The secret to a perfect pocket has arrived. Whether you love empanadas, turnovers, or simply trying to fit your favorite fillings between two layers of dough, this handy kitchen tool seals the deal. Stainless steel prongs push down on your pastry to create a complete seal for seasoned veggies, sweetened fruits, and more.

Animal or Monster Hand Tattoo Set – Hands Gone Wild! A fun new take on hand puppets, these delightfully designed tattoos transform any hand into a wide-eyed animal or a colorful monster that the kiddies will love.

Record Coasters – Made of labels cut from the center of actual vinyl records, these hi-fi home furnishings will be a hit with any music lover. The discs are sealed so moisture won’t seep through to the surface. Comes in a set of six assorted labels packed in a clear, round case. Designed by Jeff Davis.

Fruit Keg Tapping Kit – Tap seasonal drinks straight from the source with this easy-to-use kit that turns summer melons and pumpkins into all-natural kegs. Simply slice the bottom off the fruit to create a level base, then hollow it out and fill with fruit juice, liquor, or a cocktail of your own creation. This is sure to be the Life of the Party.

Table Topics – Grab a Table Topics box and break the ice! Each clear acrylic “ice cube” holds a stack of 135 conversation starters to get guests thinking and talking. Created by Cristy Clarke so she could have compelling conversations at her cocktail parties, Table Topics lets you circulate the question at hand in the cube or pass cards out individually. This is a great gift for the Hostess in your life.

To check out more Stocking Stuffer ideas click HERE.

Under $50

These are the perfect gift for anyone in the family & they are all priced under $50!

Whiskey Wedge –  Create a sloping mini-glacier of ice that chills your libation with less dilution than faster-melting “rocks.” Enjoy your favorite spirits perfectly chilled–but not watered down–by filling the silicone mold with water and freezing to form a diagonally bisected glass that makes a modern statement for cocktail conversation. Great for whiskey and design enthusiasts alike.

Vinotini Flip Glass – I am OBSESSED with these.  A two-in-one design flips to accommodate the tastes of partygoers, whether you’d like to serve a round of that special vino, or you’d like to shake up a batch of your famous dirty martinis for the late-night crowd. The dual-function design eliminates the need for two sets of glasses, saving space when you set the bar or tuck them into storage.

Himalayan Salt BBQ Plank – Looking to spice up your culinary life? This hand-carved platter of Himalayan salt is your multi-tasking tool to do just that. Its beauty and unique properties will allow you to present and even cook your food in ways that will delight your tongue and dazzle your dinner guests.

Aromatherapy Shower Kit – A personal spa experience in your own home. The first of its kind, it features three different essential oil blends that are diffused directly through the hot water. The pods are mounted from an adjustable arm that easily attaches to almost any style of shower head.

Talk Dock – Acting as a dock, charging station, and receiver all in one, the Talk Dock lets you charge your phone, talk to mom, and finish your crossword all at once.

Click HERE to check out more gifts under $50.

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Not quite sure what to get that special someone in your life? How about one of these…

Wine Tasting Flight – With this elegant set, you can recreate this bar and restaurant trend in your own home. Appropriately, this gorgeous base is made from the stave of a retired French oak or Bordeaux wine barrel and bears the beautiful effects of time and wine. These four mini carafes are perfect the size to share with a date or a good friend, and make for a fun night full of mouthwatering discoveries.

BBQ Briefcase – Fire up a feast with this portable, grill-side case of 20 stainless steel utensils topped with heat-resistant handles. Perfect for the on-the-go grill master, this traveling case transforms day trips, parks and backyards with its fully-equipped set of flame-retardant cooking tools. Whether you’re flipping kabobs or charring fresh corn, you’ll always have the right tool for the job. It’s outdoor entertaining in a two snaps of its case.

Vintage Sar Kantha Scarf – Each of these vibrant scarves features disparate strips of sumptuous, 100% silk saris patched together by fair-trade Indian artisans into a one-of-a-kind pastiche. As each piece is painstakingly handcrafted out of a collection of reclaimed saris, the scarves will feature a unique palette punctuated by swaths of fiery fuchsias and pink tones. Handcrafted by a women’s collective, the production of these gorgeous scarves provides Indian artisans with a beautiful opportunity to create a better standard of living for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Magnetic Bottle Opener – This is an “attractive” bottle opener in more ways than one: the powerful internal magnets in the base catch up to thirty bottle caps from your favorite beer or soda, plus it’s crafted from reclaimed, oak bourbon barrel staves that impart smoky patinated appeal, with stainless steel hardware for rugged functionality.

Protection Necklace - You are surrounded by angels, whether you know it or not: friends, parents, or even strangers bringing joy, comfort or advice right when you need it. Honor those angels by wearing this enlightened necklace–or become one yourself by blessing someone with the reminder that they are not alone.

Mens Cotton Ikat Wrap Robe – Wrap yourself in tradition as you wrap yourself in comfort with this soft cotton robe featuring an Ikat weave. One of the oldest and most cross-cultural methods of textile decoration, Ikat is a type of yarn-dyeing that produces patterns celebrating the warp and weft of the fabric itself. This oversized robe is designed for comfort, with patch pockets, hanging loop and belt closure.

Click HERE to check out more gift ideas from UncommonGoods

…& while your at it, make sure to pick up something for yourself!